is a wart?
Warts (also knowns as common or viral warts) are
extremely common harmless skin lesions that appear
during childhood or adult life. They are growths
caused by a virus from the Human Papilloma Virus
of common warts
Warts have a rough surface. They often show little
black spots. These spots are tiny thrombosed
capillaries. Common warts can arise at the hands
and feet, but also around the mouth or the nose.
Another common location is around the nail: they
can even grow partly under the nailplate.
is the cause of common warts?
all common warts are caused bij HPV type 1, 2 or
3. They can be transmitted through skin-to-skin
contact. As a rule, they disappear without
treatment. In children 90% of the warts disappear
within 2 years. In adults they are usually more
persistent but in a large majority of cases they
clear up eventually.
Many different treatment regimens of common warts
have been tried. Many of them are very
uncomfortable and success is not guaranteed.
Treatment options include:
* salicylic acid application
* liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy, freezing)
* electrosurgery (local anaesthesia is
* laser (CO2 or pulse dye laser)